Police ID car in pedestrian fatality

State police not disclosing driver identity

State police have identified and located the driver of the car that they believe struck and killed a 15-year-old boy Friday morning near Clearbrook in northern Frederick County.

Corrine Geller, public relations director for the state police, said Monday that authorities have also located the car, a Volkswagen Beetle.

“His vehicle was voluntarily surrendered to state police, and state police spent the weekend processing it for evidence, and the car has been returned to the owner,” Geller said.

Geller said no charges have been filed against the owner, but the investigation is continuing. She did not disclose the owner’s name.

State police say the victim, Tristan K. Long, 15, of Clearbrook died at the scene from injuries received when the Volkswagen hit him from behind as he walked along the 1000 block of Rest Church Road near his home at about 7 a.m. Friday. State police said the car fled from the scene.

Long’s grandmother, Margie Wilkins of Winchester, said he was working on a project that would earn him Eagle Scout status. She said his troop leader was planning to pin the Eagle Scout patch on Long at the funeral Tuesday.

“He was such a friendly boy,” Wilkins said. “He never met a stranger. He was always there to help you.”

Wilkins said her grandson, a sophomore at James Wood High School, had missed the school bus Friday morning and was walking back toward his residence when he was struck.

Wilkins said Long’s body was identified at the scene by one of his teachers who was headed to school when she came upon the scene.

“She recognized him and told the police who he was,” Wilkins said.

Wilkins said police identified the model of the car involved in the crash through debris left strewn on the pavement.

Long had been looking forward to attending a party Friday and obtaining his driver’s license and getting a part-time job next year, Wilkins said.

He was a trumpet player with the James Wood High School Band and a member of the wrestling team, Wilkins said.

Long’s surviving family members include a 7-year-old sister and a 9-year-old brother, both of whom are mourning their older brother, Wilkins said.

“They truly loved each other,” Wilkins said of the siblings. “They’re just heartbroken.”

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the state police area 13 office in Winchester at 540-662-3313 or the state police dispatch center at 829-7771.

Anyone wishing to contribute money to help pay for the funeral costs can do so by visiting http://tinyurl.com/nueeqk7.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com

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